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Five Top Tips on How to Hire Live Wedding Bands

Choosing a live band to play at your wedding reception can seem rather hit-and-miss. It can be a little disconcerting when you carry out an internet search for “hire live wedding bands” and the search returns literally thousands of results. So what is the best way to go about choosing a live wedding band, and what are the things to look out for? Here are 5 top tips to help your evening wedding reception go with a swing.

1.  Narrow down your internet search by being very specific

Before you even start your search for live wedding bands, it pays to be as specific as possible about what you want. For example:

  • What specific type of music would you prefer, or would you rather have a mixture of music genres?
  • Do you want an amateur band, a semi-professional one, or a professional line-up?
  • What specific search terms describe your ideal band, for example, “swing band” or “jazz band?”

2.  Use the geographical location of your wedding reception as part of your internet search, rather than your home location

By looking to hire live wedding bands that are local to your wedding reception venue, you could save money in terms of travel costs for the band. It might be tempting to search in the area where you live so that you can meet up with the band before you book them, but if you live miles away from the reception venue it will cost you more money in the long run.

3.  Look for good quality music demos on band websites

Music demos will either impress you and make you want to hear more, or you will instantly realise that this is not the band for you. Looking for high quality well-produced demos that are easily accessible on a band’s website is a good indication that they care about their image, and are more likely to be reliable.

4.  Read about the individual members of the band

For people looking to hire live wedding bands, it can be difficult to find out about a band’s prior experience of playing at corporate events or weddings. If there is some information on their website about each band member, reading it will give you an idea of their track record and the type of events at which they have played, both individually and as a band.

5.  Ask for a quote as soon as possible

This can help you narrow down your shortlist, but bear in mind that you will get what you pay for, and decide whether it is worth cutting corners for one of the most important days of your life.

If you are trying to hire live wedding bands these tips should help you in your search for the most appropriate band for your particular wedding.